Home From Home

This Christmas, please give the most special gift of all – help families be close to their critically-ill loved ones in Galway University Hospital.

A few days before last Christmas, Mairéad and Tom’s 16-year-old son, Tomás, went for a routine, elective surgery to treat an injured back. They had no idea of the trauma that lay ahead. Tragically, Tomás suffered multiple serious strokes after his surgery which left him paralysed and fighting for his life.

It was Christmas Eve when Tomás was transferred to Galway University Hospital for emergency treatment. But the Kelly family live in Tipperary. They had nowhere to stay and no one to call on for support while Tomás was in critical condition.

Thankfully, a family friend put Mairéad in touch with Croí and we were able to offer her one of our on-site apartments. For Mairéad, that simple support meant the world.

“Without the support of Croí, we would have been lost. In the early days I slept on a pull out bed beside Tomás in the ICU, but I was able to go back to the Croí apartment during the day to get a shower or get some rest. It’s not until you are in the situation that you realise how valuable it is.” – Mairéad.

The Courtyard Apartments at Croí have been specifically designed for short-term stays, to allow family members to be as close as possible to patients who are in hospital for heart or stroke care in Galway University Hospital.

Croí’s wonderful apartments enable families to stay together and this means that no one is forced to leave their loved one alone during the most difficult days of their lives.

But none of that would be possible without the support of kind people like you.

This Christmas, please make a special gift to help Croí provide families like Mairéad and Tom’s with a unique home from home, just minutes from Galway University Hospital. 



Thank you so much for all your support and I hope that you and your family have a wonderful and joyful Christmas.